|393 Main St.
Madawaska, ME 04756
|Hours of Operation:
Monday- Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 p
Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 p
Library Director: Ken Theriault, Jr.
Library Aide: Rolande MacWhinnie
Library Aide: Mary Scott
Library Aide: Bernadette Michaud
Board of Trustees:
Father Jacques LaPointe(Chair)
Donald Chasse (Representative of Madawaska Town Council)
Leonette St. Onge (Treasurer; Elected)
Gisele Faucher (Elected)
Rachelle DeFarges (Elected)
History and Current Mission:
The original incarnation of the library was a Catholic reading club formed
in 1939 by the Reverend Lionel J. Thibodeau. Located in the basement of
the St. Thomas School on St. Thomas Street, the club was such a success
that it officially changed into a library in 1940. Soon, extra space was
needed and the decision was made to move the library into a building
owned by the Fort Kent Trust Company. By 1944 the Library had increased
its number of volumes to 4,000 and once again went in search of new
space, moving into a property on owned by Herman Frechette. The town
then hired its first Librarian; Mrs. Carl Robinson. In 1955, the Library
relocated once more, this time to its current location on Main Street. In
1987 the decision was made to construct an addition, as public demand for
reading materials increased and the size of the collection became too large
for the size of the building. A grant for $137,000 was secured and the
townspeople voted to fully fund construction with another $250,000.
The addition was completed in 1992. Since then the Library has entered
the electronic information age, putting all card catalog information into a
computer database, creating a presence on the World Wide Web, offering
internet access to the public, and digitizing much of its special collections
for easier access.
The Library is one of the main sources in the Valley for genealogical
information. There is a large collection family histories, Acadian
genealogies and genealogical dictionaries, marriage and other Parish
records including Quebec and New Brunswick, local census dating back to
the 1700's, and a large collection of antique photographs and daguerotypes.
The genealogy/local history room does not have special hours, and is open
while the library is open.